Fraud Alert

Malware, Spyware and Viruses: Protect Your Computers and Networks Today!

Malware, spyware and viruses are unwanted software that is installed on your computer or network without your knowledge or consent. Each is designed to either damage your computer or network or take control of it—often gathering personal or business information and sending that information to the criminal's computer. Malware, spyware and viruses change all the time, so it is recommended that you implement appropriate and updated procedures and systems to prevent unauthorized access to your computers and networks.

Since there is no one system or program that will protect your computers, use a layered approach to security and regularly update those systems and programs to prevent the latest threats.

  • Use and monitor a firewall.
  • Regularly use active and updated malware, spyware and virus protection.
  • Update your operating systems with current security updates.
  • Update applications with all current security patches.
  • Enable anti-phishing ability through your browser.
  • Mandate complex passwords (e.g. upper/lowercase letters, symbols and numbers, no proper names, initials, words, etc.).

Secure your network to prevent unauthorized access to proprietary and sensitive information, including names and addresses, and your date of birth and credit card information.

Take time today to review your information security policy, and if you need help, engage a computer expert in your community to assist you.

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